Cuckoo Wasp

Cuckoo Wasp, Chrysididae, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Wundanyi, Taita Hills, Kenya, 28 May 2017.

Cuckoo Wasps are mostly rather small, but are brilliant emerald green. This species also has bright red legs. It was observed running in and out of crevices in a stairway masonry work. It's purpose is to find a host, perhaps a bee or other wasp nest to exploit. Cuckoo wasps are sometimes called Cleptoparasites because they co-opt provisions made by another insect, kill the host egg or larva and deposit their own egg in its place.

Chrysidae -- Cuckoo Wasp Family

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